London and I took a day trip at the end of September up to Weston, MO with a close friend to pick apples and it was So. Much. Fun! It was still pretty warm here in the midwest. I think we hit the 90’s that afternoon, which was a little warmer than I’d like for Fall Festivities, but there was a nice breeze and not a cloud in the sky.
There are a few apple picking options in Weston, we ended up at Historic Weston Orchard and Vineyard. The orchard is housed on 50 acres and has a variety of ‘U-Pick’ options depending on the season. They grow peaches, apples, strawberries and cherries for the picking! In the fall they have a pumpkin patch and multiple playgrounds for the kids. Because of the heat (and because we picked way too many apples and they are HEAVY) we didn’t explore outside of the apple trees, but I’m eager to go back with the whole family.
When you arrive at the barn there are lots of goodies, including jellies, jams, pies, cider and fresh apple donuts! You pay per person and then grab a bag to fill up with apples. Once you are done picking you pay per pound. The people working at the barn were super helpful. They let us know which varieties were ready to be picked, which were good for snacking and which were good for baking.
As we set out to pick our way through the orchard we were a little nervous. The first row we walked through had very little apples in the trees and my sweet friend Kaylie kept lifting London up into the trees to grab the few we did find. We persevered and then found PLENTY of apples. Too many really. I had grand ideas (as I always do) about making apple butter, apple sauce, apple pie. None of which came to fruition but we did make an apple crisp that was scrumptious. And my chickens were quite happy to indulge in the apples we were unable to eat in time.
The Apple Crisp recipe we used was adapted from London’s Parent/Toddler class at City of Fountains School in Kansas City. The kids make a snack at the start of every class and in September this was the recipe we used.
- 6 apples
- 1 T Water
- 2 T Maple Syrup
- 1 T Cinnamon
- 1 Cup Oats
- 1/2 Cup Almond Meal
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/4 cup of cubed chilled Butter
- 1/4 cup of Maple Syrup
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
- Peel, core and thinly slice your apples
- Add apples to an 8×8 baking dish and toss with remaining filling ingredients
- In a separate bowl mix together your crisp ingredients
- Top apple mixture with crisp ingredients
- Cover with foil and back for 45 minutes
- Remove foil and cook for another 15 minutes
Enjoy! Even if you don’t have the opportunity to pick apples this fall, you should definitely still grab the ingredients for this crisp! It makes your home smell like autumn and is so inviting. And it’s absolutely DELICIOUS! What are you all doing to celebrate Autumn? Any favorite traditions we should add to our Fall Bucket List?